I was off for long weeks, -just back tro work this last Wednesday-, due to the covid 19 situation and some measures implemented by Schneider Electric FR regarding it.
I know that my SE Australian colleagues alreday contacted you, so I hope that now things are more clear.
EcoStruxure Operatort Terminal Expert will continue to evolve and for sure that some of the missing features that you indicate are part of the SW evolution.
For the moment, with EcoStruxure Operator Terminal Expert SW, we focus our business in what we call the Basic Operator Panels (HMISTO7 and HMIST6). For Advanced Operator Panels, like G3U, the preferred HMI SW is still Vijeo Designer.
I understand the "dilemma/gap" you face, between a SW that is not anymore super attractive in terms of graphics and a new SW with very nice graphics but still lacking several important features.
During 2021, with some new Advanced Operator Panels and some evolutions of SW in our HMI offer, this gap will disappear or at least will be highly reduced vs the current existing gap..
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I will try to reply to some of the topics and I will share with HMI colleagues based in Australia (I think that is where you are based), because I think some additional local communication is needed.
EcoStruxure Operator Terminal Expert already allow to make very nice look & feel applications, with possibility to improve operator experience in terms of intuitiveness, mainly at simple machines level, but should be clear that is not yet a fully featured SW like others that are already on the market for more than 10 years like Vijeo Designer.
Regarding some features that you mention, they are not implemented yet. But I'm surprised with the comment about OPC UA. OPC UA Server is implemented and available both in EcoStruxure Operator Terminal Expert and BLUE. So, there was no cut in this. Here the questions can be:
- which EcoStruxure Operator Terminal Expert version you have? Current version is 3.1 SP1A (available in se.com and SESU for download and soon in SE Exchange too)
- which HW you use as target? --- STO7 doesn's support OPC UA
- which license type you Have? --- Basic License doesn't support OPC UA, you need a Professional License to use OPC UA
Regarding Machine Expert, I'm not sure if I understood well your comment, but if is related, with the use of Operator Terminal Expert together with Machine Expert and that you noticed that there was a change from Machine Expert 1.2, while before was OK and now is not, this can be related with a Cyber Security implementation made in Machine expert side in 1.2. again I'm not sure if I understood the issue, but is is this, today workaround exist to make it work and next in the EcoStruxure Operator Terminal release, expected still this year release (I cannot confirm the date yet), this will be solved without need to use the workaround that we need to use today.
Not all that you are looking for will be available in EcoStruxure Operator Terminal expert by this year. I think is important that someone from Schneider Electric based near you can give you more details, so I will share this message with my HMI contact in Australia.
Note: If my assumption that you are based in Australia is wrong please let me know to share with the right country contact
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EcoStruxure Machine SCADA Expert (formerly known as Vijeo XL), is a lite SCADA SW dedicated to machine line management and lite supervision, mainly commenrcialized in bundle with our Magelis iPCs and HMIGTU Open boxes. I add to the answer a brochure of this SW, highligting the main features of this SW and the values of the HW+SW bundle: - ready to use (SW tested and validated with the above mentioned HWs) - unique point of contact for support of HW, SW and OS - sustainable supply and compatibility in case of SW or HW evolution
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